I am an author and illustrator of children’s books, living in Perth, Australia. I was raised in the country along side my brother, dog, sheep, several orphaned kangaroos and one very cheeky echidna.
My obsession with animals also extends underwater as I have braved lionfish in Egypt, piranha and pink dolphins in the Amazon, marine iguanas and hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos Islands and swum with whale sharks and manta rays at Ningaloo, Western Australia.
My books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, France and the U.S.
Fish Jam and Chip have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and 1, 2, Pirate Stew for the Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year.
I am currently the Social Media Coordinator for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Australia West.
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My picture book illustrations include lively textures created from paintings by my two young children during our backyard art sessions. We love getting messy, splashing paint, rubbing charcoal, painting with potatoes, bubble wrap, sticks, seaweed and anything else we find. Kids can get an amazing energy into their art that adults struggle to recreate.
My kids often teach me new techniques too! The art sessions I lay out rarely stick to plan - they always try things I would never have dreamed of.
Using children’s process art techniques in my book illustrations encourages the kids I meet to have a go at book making too. They recognise the techniques and materials familiar to them and often say ‘Hey, I could do that.’ This is music to my ears, as children often find highly realistic illustrations intimidating and feel they could never achieve that level of detail themselves.
Check out my illustration gallery here.
School Visits / workshops
My author / illustrator sessions are always fun, engaging and inspiring. Interactive book readings, trumpet playing, scat singing and live drawing demonstrations are just a few of the fun activities we do. Kids discover story creation techniques and character design, they can try texture rubbings, make musical crab shakers or paper plate seagulls.
INSPIRATION & OTHER STUFF
Travel and adventure
I have been very fortunate to travel to incredible places and meet amazing people and animals from all over the world. I constantly draw inspiration and ideas from these rich and diverse experiences for my writing and illustration.
I am Mum to two, fun and adventurous young boys. They are super imaginative, and inspire me every day. I write my books for them and involve them in the creative process whenever I can. Eating and ocean seem to be consistent themes!